A TALE OF TWO BIRTHDAY CAKES.
Last week was both of our daughters birthday’s, yes I know we planned that one well !
But as both of them were here, that meant two cakes were needed and in this house all cakes are handmade.
First up was my youngest birthday, she was 14 and she loves chocolate. So I turned to my usual source of ideas Pinterest and found a cake that was perfect.
Milk Chocolate Cake Recipe
For the cake
- 7 oz self-raising flour
- 8 oz caster sugar
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
- 4 oz margarine (or butter)
- 2 beaten eggs
- 5 tablespoons evaporated milk
- 5 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the milk chocolate icing
- 2 ½ oz butter (or margarine)
- 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
- 8 oz icing sugar
- 3 tablespoons hot milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Cake: Sift together the flour, caster sugar, salt & unsweetened unsweetened cocoa. Rub in the butter/margarine. Stir in the egg mixture Beat well Bake for 35 mins in 2 greased 7″ tins at gas 350 F
- Milk chocolate icing: Melt together butter/margarine and unsweetened cocoa . Stir in icing sugar, hot milk and vanilla. Beat until thick. Put a layer between cakes with a layer of jam and ice top and sides.
While the icing is still wet place Kit-Kats around the outside, it took us two packets to cover the cake you can use all plain chocolate if you prefer we used plain and cookies and cream ones.
On the top add M&M’s or Smarties or if you want to be healthier strawberries. We used icing to stick some M&M’s on the tops of the Kit-Kats, this is not necessary we just went a bit mad and as for the Teddy bear that was her sisters’ idea 🙂
And the purple box contained her birth-stone earrings – Amethyst.
Three days later it was the Eldest’s birthday – she was 19 and home from College for half-term. She had pinned a Cake on Pinterest herself as we have a shared board where we share ideas.
Her cake was the complete opposite of the Kit- Kat cake it was a Lemon Meringue Angel Cake. It was light as a feather and one of the most complicated cakes I have attempted which even though it looks so simple in comparison.
I found a recipe on Cookie baker Lynn’s Blog it is a great recipe and she deserves all the credit for attempting it first.
It involved so many eggs I nearly reconsidered getting my own chickens but instead I make life a bit easier with a little cheat. Instead of making my own Lemon curd for the filling I brought a jar of Chivers and mixed it with the whipped cream and chilled it. It cut down the eggs a little and saved time.
I did make the meringue for the filling and the Angel cake though, even though we had no proper tin, a normal tin worked just as well.
I made it the day before and chilled it overnight and it was just as promised, light and luscious and lemony so totally worth it and the eldest was delighted there was not a slice left.
Also we made it in a 7inch tin as that is what we had and there was so much filling left over we froze it and it made the most beautiful smooth ice-cream. So a bonus dish for no more effort 🙂
I also have to share one of my eldest daughter’s presents from us.
I ordered it from KDF woodworks Darren does amazing things with wood and my eldest is completely horse mad which is why she studies them at College now.
Darren made this gorgeous silhouette of a rider jumping after I showed him pictures of my daughter riding – I cannot recommend him highly enough !
And she loves it and it is up in her room now.